Friday, December 30, 2016

End of Year Rituals

I haven't really kept up with blogging, but my mom had sent me this link of end of year rituals that looked interesting and I wanted to give it a try. One of the things the blogger suggests is to share these items so here I am sharing them on the blog. I love looking back at the year and reflecting on the joys, challenges and accomplishments and looking forward to the new year with a new perspective. I get so excited about a new year – opportunities to change, grow and learn even more. I can't wait to see what 2017 brings us! Here's the link to the full end of year rituals list:


Write down at least 25 things you are proud of having done or accomplished– in your work life, family life, home life, relationship life, community, health, etc. It can be anything. Don’t be modest for one hour of the year while you do this– too often we brush things aside that do mean a lot to us- even if they are smaller seeming things. If you get any spark of joy or a smile from it, write it down.

• Surviving 3 weeks of contractions and getting through being 11 days overdue
• Giving birth naturally to an almost 9 lb baby

• Surviving the first 8 months of having two kids
• Doing things by myself with two kids (especially bedtime)

• Learning to sew bows
• Growing friendships
• Letting go of things that overwhelm my plate
• Breastfeeding

• Reading books...even if most of them are audio books
• Finding my way back to fitness and eating well
• Hitting my pre-baby weight at 6 months postpartum

• Making monthly date night happen
• Hitting our goal amount for the year in retirement and college savings
• Relaxing a bit more with baby #2
• Making special time with Emma
• Enjoying little moments in life

• Doing a capsule wardrobe
• Feeding my need for creativity by taking classes

• Learning more and more what matters most to me
• Growing as a designer and finding that passion again
• Staying calm while doing baby led weaning with Ruby
• Hanging something on the walls in our house

• Running a 5k
• Starting new holiday traditions

• Growing as a couple and as a family


Pick a word or phrase that summarized the year, overall. And then a word or phrase of what you’re craving more of in the next year.

• Grow
• Minimize
Ironic how the two words are literally opposite.


Pick a word or phrase (or 2 or 3) about the undeniable biggest lessons/obstacles that got presented to you that year. Do they have a theme? Another way to think about this: what called attention to some places you may have not been paying attention to?

Learning to live as a family of four. We didn't expect how difficult it would be for Emma to grow and learn when Ruby was born. That was a huge struggle that is still being worked out.


Just a few more things that I'm hoping and aiming for in 2017:

• Organize and declutter: Our home, my brain and our schedule
• Make things less complicated and bring on the minimalism (check out the Netflix documentary The Minimalists:
• Once our sleep has some sort of order to it, I'd like to get back to being productive early mornings and nights. Until then, I am going to give myself some grace.
• Practice on my new sewing machine
• Keep taking classes that feed my creativity (I had so much fun doing a hand lettering and wreath making class last year)
• Find a balance that works for won't be perfect, but I want to find something that brings me peace and makes me happy.
• Travel again – starting small this year while the girls are still so young
• Keep going with my fitness goals

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